Accurate vs. Precise: Definition, Meaning, Difference


Do you know the difference between Accurate vs. Precise? In our series of confusing words, we wish to present most of them along with their correct meaning. This helps you forget the confusion and use them freely. In this post also, we use to do the same.

Accurate vs Precise: What is the Difference?

What is accurate? And what is precise? This is what creates the confusing while we talk in generally. But just like in other posts as well, I will be listing the meaning along with suitable examples to clear out this confusion.

So, let’s get started.

AccuratePrecise
Accurate can mean state the correct fact and be absolutely right.  Precise can mean being very particular in doing something.  
E.g., The math was absolutely accurate.  E.g., He was very precise in the way he handled the job.  

Actually, these two terms come from science.

Precision and accuracy are the two ways in which a scientist think about error. But what do they mean?

Accuracy

It refers to the fact that how close a measurement is to the true or accepted value.

Precision

This refers to how close the measurements of the same item are to each other.

So, in other words, it can be said that Precision can be considered something independent of accuracy. So, it is very much possible that you can be very precise but often not very accurate.

Similarly, one can be very accurate without actually being precise at all. This is why most of the scientific observations are deemed as both accurate and precise.

How to Use Accurate vs Precise?

Well, the only way to understand their usage both in English and in Science is when you understand the precision and accuracy on a dartboard. So, you just have to imagine the bulls-eye (center) as the true value. So, if the darts land closer to the bulls-eye, they will be considered accurate. But there can be other scenarios as well.

  • When most of the darts are neither close to the bulls-eye, nor close to each other, then you can say there is no accuracy, or precision. 
  • But if you see that most of the darts are very close together, however quite far from the bulls-eye, then you can conclude that there can be precision, but very less accuracy.  
  • Lastly, when you see that most of the darts are very close to the bulls-eye and land close together, then you can conclude that there is both accuracy and precision.

Accurate can mean state the correct fact and be absolutely right.

E.g., The math was absolutely accurate.

Precise can mean being very particular in doing something.

E.g., He was very precise in the way he handled the job.

Some Questions and Answers for Accurate and Precise

Question-1

  • He was (accurate/precise) with his answer.
  • -> He was very much precise with his answer.

Question-2

  • The math was (accurate/precise).
  • -> The math was accurate.

Question-3

  • He guessed the outcome (accurate/precise) +ly.
  • -> He guesses the outcome accurately.

Question-4

  • What can be more (accurate/precise) than Math?
  • -> What can be more accurate than Math?

Question-5

  • With one (accurate/precise) blow to the neck, the man was killed.
  • With one precise blow to the neck, the man was killed.

Question-6

  • Bruce lee was always very (accurate/precise) with his kicks.
  • -> Bruce less was always very precise with his kicks.

Conclusion

So, there you have it. The difference between “accurate” and “precise”. Let us know if you have any other queries.

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